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James Blish's A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact) PDF

By James Blish

ISBN-10: 0345438353

ISBN-13: 9780345438355

Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a devoted man--a priest who's additionally a scientist, and a scientist who's additionally a man or woman. He has discovered no insoluble conflicts in his ideals or his ethics . . . till he's despatched to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of extraterrestrial beings who're admirable in each method with the exception of their overall reliance on chilly cause; they're incapable of religion or belief.Confronted with a profound medical riddle and moral predicament, Father Ruiz-Sanchez quickly reveals himself torn among the lessons of his religion, the lessons of his technology, and the internal promptings of his humanity. there's just one answer: He needs to settle for an historical and unforgivable heresy--and possibility the futures of either worlds . . .

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Cleaver said. "That the geological record, and recapitulation too, do not necessarily prove the doctrine of the descent of man. Given my initial axiom, which is that God created everything from scratch, it's perfectly logical that he should have given Adam a navel, Earth a geological record, and the embryo the process of recapitulation. " "Wow," Cleaver said. " "Oh, that's not a new argument by any means, Paul; it dates back nearly two centuries—a man named Gosse invented it, not the Diet of Basra.

That couldn't ever have happened, either—but it did. 14/06/2008 07:23 A Case Of Conscience, by James Blish 40 of 102 file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Floop/Desktop/Downloads... "I'm now going to adduce another interesting fact about Lithian civilization. It is a fact, whatever you may think of its merits as evidence. It is this: that your Lithian is a creature of logic. Unlike Earthmen of all stripes, he has no gods, no myths, no legends. ' He has no traditions. He has no tabus. He has no faiths, except for an impersonal belief that he and his lot are indefinitely improvable.

You're certainly entitled to it, on a point of personal privilege. " "No, Mike. " "I'm not ready to speak yet either, unless the majority wants me to. " "Sure," Agronski said. "Speaking as a geologist, and also as an ordinary slob that doesn't follow rarefied reasoning very well, I'm on Cleaver's side. I don't see anything either for or against the planet on any other grounds but Cleaver's. It's a fair planet as planets go, very quiet, not very rich in anything else we need—sure, that gchteht is marvelous stuff, but it's strictly for the luxury trade—and not subject to any kind of trouble that I've been able to detect.

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